There is a national butterfly census underway across the country – its the Big Butterfly Count and anyone can join in.
The North York Moors are home to a number of butterfly species – some rare (like the Pearl Bordered fritillary), some more common (like the Peacock butterfly) – but all are dependent on habitat conditions for survival. Butterflies aren’t just beautiful and breath-takingly delicate – they also act as pollinators which are so vital for a lot of plants, although they’re not built to be quite as good at it as bees.
Here are a few of the butterfly species that can be seen in the North York Moors. Some are featured more than once because they look different from every angle.